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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance [PS3]

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Updated Preview

"We get another look at the PlayStation 3 version of Activision and Raven's hero team-up."

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is Activision and developer Raven Software's upcoming action role-playing game that puts you in the tights of one of more than 20 characters from Marvel Comics' vast universe of heroes. The game continues the work Raven began in the X-Men Legends titles and sets you loose on an epic adventure that spans the four corners of the universe. We had the chance to get another look at how the game is faring on Sony's upcoming console and to try out its unique features on the platform.

As far as content goes, MUA is identical to the Xbox 360 version of the game and features the same core adventure, complete with bonus comic missions for some extra street cred with Marvel fans. The roster of heroes will offer a good sampling of the Marvel staples along with some lesser-known heroes whose popularity has been on the rise in the wake of Marvel's most excellent Civil War miniseries. For a deeper rundown of the game and its features, check out our previous look at MUA.

At Sony's press event in San Francisco, we were able to spend some more time with the PlayStation 3 game and take a look at the unique features it will have. The big areas for PS3-specific features are the graphics and the control. The graphics in the game have been buffed up to take advantage of the system's capabilities and offer detailed visuals that can be displayed at 1080p. The work-in-progress version of the game on display offered up some razor-sharp visuals on the nifty HD monitors it was running on. The game's frame rate wasn't as consistent as we would have liked, but we're hoping it can be smoothed out in time for the game's release.

MUA has the same core mechanics as the other console versions on the PS3, but it adds in some Sixaxis functionality as well. You'll be able to throw characters after grabbing them and trigger special abilities by physically moving the controller in different directions. The feature doesn't drastically change how the game controls, but it does offer a different way to kick butt.

Based on what we played, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is looking like a solid game for the PlayStation 3. The game offers an accessible gameplay experience with quite a bit of appeal. Although it would have been great to see more features unique to the PS3 game, the included support for 1080p and the Sixaxis are better than a dirty port. If you're a comic fan or are just looking for a solid multiplayer game for your PS3 at launch, you'll want to keep an eye out for Marvel Ultimate Alliance when the game ships alongside the system this November.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006